Gerdau to add employees, expansion almost complete
to add employees
complete, company to hire 20 workers
Lucas Bechtol, Huntington
multi-million dollar expansion in Huntington is almost complete and will not
only expand the manufacturing capabilities but will also employ more people in
jobs that are already open.
Gerdau broke ground on the expansion in October of
2011 and, according to a press release, is part of a $27 million investment.
“Basically, we’ve added an additional quench and
temper line, so it’ll allow us to add to our capacity of processing our special
steel bars for customers,” said Lindsey Edwards, external communications
specialist for Gerdau.
The expansion will increase the manufacturing
capacity from 62,000 tons a year to 80,000 tons. It is set to be complete in
late August and will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Edwards said Gerdau is expecting to increase its
employment at the Huntington facility by about 10 percent.
“They’re going to be highly industrial jobs,” she said.
“We need people to help man the new quench and temper line and help, really,
run the additional operations that this expansion has created.”
While the expansion is not yet complete, job openings
are currently available for inspection and finishing operators, heat treat line
operators and turning operators. People can apply for the jobs online at www.gerdau.com/specialsteel.
According to the tax abatement document approved by
the Huntington City Common Council, the expansion will create an addition 20
jobs with average salary for those jobs at $37,000. According to this form,
Gerdau employed 46 people in 2011.
Gerdau is a Brazilian-based company that produces
long steel and special steel bars for their companies, Edwards said.
“The Huntington facility that we have is a heat
treating facility that will take our special steel bars and add additional
strength to them for particular applications for the automotive industry,” she
Mark Wickersham, the executive director of the
Huntington County United Economic Development Corporation, said Gerdau is a
good corporate citizen and employer in the community.
“We’re very proud of what they do, proud of their
workforce and proud of their products,” he said. “It’s exciting for our
community to have an international company such as Gerdau, based in Brazil, and
the opportunities that are provided by the employer locally are very, very
Wickersham added the economy has impacted the steel
industry but it is encouraging to see a local steel facility prosper and grow.
“It makes a tremendous impact on our tax base and our
employment and workforce base and, obviously, it is encouraging to the people
who work there,” he said.